Activist Judge Endangering Lives

18 08 2006

Filed under: Liberalism, NSA, War on Terror

Liberal, activist Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, appointed by Jimmy Carter, has dealt a blow to the safety of all Americans and endorsed the treason the NY Times commited in publishing the top secret intelligence of the NSA.

DETROIT — A federal judge ruled Thursday that the government’s warrantless wiretapping program is unconstitutional and ordered an immediate halt to it.

U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor in Detroit became the first judge to strike down the National Security Agency’s program, which she says violates the rights to free speech and privacy as well as the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution.

“Plaintiffs have prevailed, and the public interest is clear, in this matter. It is the upholding of our Constitution,” Taylor wrote in her 43-page opinion.

I am all for the “public has a right to know” ideal, but I don’t want to know ALL the details about what is going on between America and al-Qaeda. That is why I vote and elect leaders to public office.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on behalf of journalists, scholars and lawyers who say the program has made it difficult for them to do their jobs. They believe many of their overseas contacts are likely targets of the program, which involves wiretapping conversations between people in the U.S. and those in other countries.

The government argued that the program is well within the president’s authority, but said proving that would require revealing state secrets.

The ACLU said the state-secrets argument was irrelevant because the Bush administration already had publicly revealed enough information about the program for Taylor to rule.

How would the ACLU know enough had been revealed since they aren’t in charge of national security? The ACLU’s argument is indicitive of most far leftists’ hate-filled agenda to drive Bush and any other Republican from office, no matter the cost to national security.

Tom Bevin at RCP wrote a piece on Taylor ten days ago, predicting what would occur with the ruling:

She’s the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in eastern Michigan who could “alter the war on terror” any day now with a ruling on the ACLU’s suit to strike down the Bush administration’s NSA surveillance program. The Detroit Free Press runs a lengthy and interesting profile on Taylor playing up the importance of her decision before coming to this rather anticlimactic conclusion:

But even if Taylor harpoons the spying program, experts said, the decision likely would be overturned by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. “Given the composition of the 6th Circuit and its previous rulings in related areas, it seems more likely to favor national security over civil liberties if that issue is squarely presented,” said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. “And that’s what this case is all about.”

National security or civil liberties. Well, if I’m a liberal, I absolutely take the civil liberties. But if you’ve ever been to the seaside and seen a storm … remember that “quiet before the storm”?

That quiet will be the temporary, ungrounded feeling of safety … before we start seeing the number of attacks drastically increase.

Also see: Wizbang, MKH at Michelle Malkin, Stop The ACLU

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